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If an angel can fall, can a demon rise?

If an angel can fall, can a demon rise? According to most Christian teaching and traditions, the short answer is no. Your question however does pose certain interesting perplexities to say the ...
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Why is salt used to get rid of ghosts and keep out demons?

Salt has had a strong significance in a lot of different religions for millennia. I believe that salt used for the explicit purpose of repelling demons originates from Buddhism or Shintoism, where ...
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Why is salt used to get rid of ghosts and keep out demons?

Salt is a preservative. The Tarim Mummies were preserved in salt for 4000 years. If you pack meat in salt it will not rot. (Because it sucks all the water out and kills any bacteria. Water is ...
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Why is salt used to get rid of ghosts and keep out demons?

Why is salt associated with repelling of demons? This seems like an almost impossible question to answer. The origins are very obscure. Firstly, what does salt symbolize? Judeo-Christian traditions ...
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Why is salt used to get rid of ghosts and keep out demons?

Salt is a natural cleanser, and can be used to scour out pots, as toothpaste, to remove rust, etc. (See this page for more.) So it's not a big leap from there to supernatural cleansing. As for salting ...
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What is the meaning of the inscriptions on Baphomet arms?

"Solve et coagula" is the principle underlying alchemy: dissolve materials to their constituents and re-assemble these into something else. Fulcanelli writes of this quote: If you know how to ...
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Why did Vishnu rape Vrinda?

The thing is a little complicated, but it was the only possible way Lord Vishnu had. Jalandhar was a demon king and his wife Vrindha was a great devotee of Lorn Vishnu. Once upon a time, Jalandhar ...
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Why did Vishnu rape Vrinda?

Vishnu was not "God." He was a god. Hinduism has a variety of labels on what kind of religion it is (i.e. polytheism, monotheism, atheism, non-theism...). But for the most part, more than one being is ...
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what Monsters exist in African mythology?

There is a category on Wikipedia dedicated to this subject, and Mental Floss has a list of 11 rather interesting creatures of African mythology: Grootslang Grootslang is an Afrikaans word meaning &...
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(credible) Online Sources on Epiales, the Greek Spirit of Nightmares

BASICS The most prevalent version of his name in literature across time thus far is Ephialtes. There seems to be a lost myth in which he does indeed get into a fight with and is defeated by a hero, ...
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(credible) Online Sources on Epiales, the Greek Spirit of Nightmares

Here's a link to the Aeschylus mention in Suppliant Women. Unfortunately, it's a single line with little detail. (In the Greek text, Epiales aka "Dark Dream", is ὄναρ μέλαν".) Here is a passage ...
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What is the mythological status of the 'goethia' demons?

Try "Goetia" instead of "Goethia". Roughly, it means the art of summoning angels, whether fallen or still elevated (though more commonly the former). The Ars Goetia is the first section of The Lesser ...
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If an angel can fall, can a demon rise?

In the Chrisian scope of affairs, if you don't deem Origen to be a "heretic" - yes- : Origen was the author of the most effective argument against the punishing terror of God's wrath as recounted ...
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A monster made of many insects

Perhaps a bit tenuous, but The Worm That Walks might be the closest to what you're seeking. I am not aware of a similar equivalent term from classical mythology, but you could argue this to be ...
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Is it possible to hurt / Repel Demons and Ghosts with Really Salty Water

In certain Christian traditions, holy water is a mixture of salt and water that has been blessed by a priest. Witches, vampires, and other nasty evil creatures were considered violently allergic to ...
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What is the meaning of the inscriptions on Baphomet arms?

This probably derives from the Greek coinage spagyria, which itself is supposed to come from 'σπάω' and 'ἀγείρω.' These words roughly correspond to "solve" and "coagula," or divide and join. This ...
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Is there any evidence of a Jewish demon named Khoyzek?

Sadan's article is discussed in depth here. Yiddish is a thousand-year-old Jewish language, with origins, according to a broad scholarly consensus, in the German Rhineland. The major component of ...
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Are there any older cases of exorcism in other mythology than the Abrahamic religions?

Hinduism is the third largest religion in the world and is thought to be the oldest religion in the world to date. Hinduism is the world's third largest religion. It is an Indian religion and ...
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Can an Incubus and Succubus reproduce with each other?

Originally, the Succubus and the Incubus were thought to be responsible for sleep paralysis, a frightening experience that is understandably associated with demonic forces. As such, there is little ...
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Is Krampus really pagan?

Krampus is based in the Alps of Austria and Bavaria. I am not to sure if he is norse, maybe more of a local myth. Sure he looks a bit like Faun or a devil but in the alps there are other "...
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What creatures eat a humans life force?

"Life force" is a rather vague criterium. Many mythologies do not have this concept. The only ones I'm aware of outside of Abrahamic mythology are Eastern mythologies: Prana in Hinduism Qi ...
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Are there any older cases of exorcism in other mythology than the Abrahamic religions?

Virtually all mythologies from cultures geographically nearby the origin of Judaism have many common myths regarding demons and exorcism through incantations. Perhaps the most illustrative collection ...
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If an angel can fall, can a demon rise?

And yet in the book of Job Satan also known as Lucifer in some texts is seated with the archangels because God beckoned him to come and as an Angel of God he responded and then made a deal to tempt ...
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Satan and Angra Mainyu

Satan (or the devil) obtained for Jewish ideas almost the same significance as Ahriman for Persian. Indeed, in certain respects he developed greater power than his Persian counterpart, inasmuch as ...
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